Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mimsy Storytelling Monday, April 11 at 8 pm.

It’s still a little early, but we’re excited about this (not to mention, we don’t want you to think it’s just an April Fool’s joke). Our April show will be Mimsy’s One Year Anniversary Party! To celebrate, we’ll be sharing our “Origin Stories” about things that have shaped our lives, making us into who we are today, in addition to our backline storytelling. We’ll be joined by the wonderful Samara Doucette and Jonathan Blank of This Is Awkward! Not to mention a whole bunch of snacks for everyone to enjoy.

So please, come and join us on April 11th, 8 PM at Pacific Standard in Brooklyn for an enjoyable evening of stories, snacks, and celebration.

Baseball season is on!

We have the MLB package as usual, and will be showing all the games we can on our two big projection screens, first-come first-served. We'll also be doing another A's fan special: come in to the bar wearing a piece of A's apparel during an A's game, and you get $2 off Sierra Nevada pints (it will usually be the Pale Ale, but we might occasionally switch it up). A's games are a priority for us, but we're open to showing anything, depending on the folks who come by. Let us all thank whatever deity we worship that we can stop watching NBA games.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chin Music poetry April 7 at 7 pm.

Chin Music
The Poetry Reading Series at Pacific Standard
Featuring Suzanne Gardinier, Antony Rowland, & Jeremy Voigt

Thursday, 7 April 2011 @ 7:00 PM

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Please join us for our upcoming Chin Music reading featuring three fine poets: Suzanne Gardinier, Antony Rowland, & Jeremy Voigt. Series curated by Bryan Patrick Miller.


SG is the author of five books, most recently Iridium & Selected Poems. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Manhattan.

Antony Rowland published his first collection of poetry, The Land of Green Ginger, with Salt Press (UK) in 2008. Since then his work has been included in the Bloodaxe anthology Identity Parade: New British And Irish Poets (2010), and he was invited to record for the national Poetry Archive in 2009 ( His writing has also appeared in a Carcanet anthology (New Poetries III (2003)), as well as journals such as PN Review, Critical Quarterly and the Cincinnati Review.

Jeremy Voigt's work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Willow Springs, Washington Square, REED Magazine, Talking River Review, Poet Lore, and RHINO. His chapbook Neither Rising nor Falling was published by Finishing Line Press in fall 2009. He has been featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, and teaches regularly at the Port Townsend Writer's Conference, Whatcom Community College, and Burlington-Edison High School.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Pacific Standard Bracket-Off Standings After Week 2.

Drunk Glynn 195
Jordan 181
Jan Penfield 177
Leonard 170
Jake 169
John R. #1 159
Mintus 159
John R. #2 156
Glynn, Other 156
Sober Feldstein 152
Colombo #2 151
Drunk Ray 149
Malcolm 140
Drunk Jon S. 132
Piper 132
Drunk Feldstein 118
Vadim 115
Colombo #1 113
Tyler 109

The only brackets still with possibilities to add points after this crazy tournament are both Glynn's brackets and Colombo #2. Drunk Glynn has clinched the #1 spot; Glynn, Other will win the #2 spot if UConn wins the tournament, and Colombo #2 would be third. In any other scenario, Jordan will win the #2 spot and Jan Penfield will win third. Thanks to all for playing, and see you next year!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pub Quiz playoffs are coming!

A heads-up for you quiz folks: quiz will continue as usual every Sunday night at 8 pm through April 17. On April 24, the Season IX playoffs will begin. We’ll include the top 10 teams (the top 2 teams will get a first-round bye). The round of 6 will be May 1, and the final three-team three-for-all will be May 8. We’ll take a week or two off afterwards, to give all of us a well-deserved break. So it's more important than ever to get your team in and earn points in the next few weeks, so you can be one of the lucky 10. Happy answering!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pacific Standard Bracket-Off Standings After Week 1.

Jake 163
Jordan 163
Drunk Glynn 159
John R. #1 156
John R. #2 156
Leonard 152
Jan Penfield 147
Mintus 144
Malcolm 131
Drunk Jon S. 129
Piper 129
Glynn, Other 126
Sober Feldstein 121
Drunk Feldstein 115
Colombo #2 111
Drunk Ray 107
Vadim 103
Tyler 100
Colombo #1 92

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Standard Issues storytelling March 22 at 8 pm.

This month the Standard Issues live show takes on Disasters! Calamities! Horrors great and small!

On hand to relive moments when the s@#t hit the fan will be a collection of brilliant story tellers including, but not limited to*:

Jefferson (The Earth Destroying Asteroid)
Jennifer (Global Warming) Glick
Jeff (Titanic the Sequel) Scherer
Ben (Deli Out Of Lox) Lillie
Allison (Ishtar) Downey
Cyndi (Prom) Freeman
*our mystery guest pulled from the hat! So, possibly, you.

All this and your host Brad (Was That Shellfish a Little Off?) Lawrence.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The NCAA Tournament.

As usual, we'll be opening early, at noon, on Thursday to show all the NCAA Tournament games possible. (We always open at noon Friday-Sunday.) We have the package, and can show two different games at a time on our two large projection screens. It'll be first-come, first-served--just ask your bartender if there's a game you're interested in.

In related news, we'll be doing our Pacific Standard bracket challenge. If you want to be involved and possibly gain glorious rewards, ask your bartender for details; they can print you out a bracket.

And one other thing: if you're doing the ESPN Tournament Challenge online contest thingy, join Pacific Standard's group, in addition to any others you may be members of. Go here to sign up:

Our group name is Pacific Standard, and the password is "gobears". Oh, and to avoid any confusion, this has nothing to do with the bar's own pen and paper tournament pool. It's just for fun.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Mimsy Storytelling Monday, March 14 at 8 pm.

This month in the first half of our show, Mimsy will explore the topic of bullies. Why are they such jerks? Why don't they pick on someone their own size? What's their problem, man? These questions and more will be answered in our scripted set, in Mimsy's signature Mome Rath form.

In our second half we will be joined by special guest and Moth GrandSLAM winner STEVE ZIMMER, for improvised backline storytelling!


What, pray tell, is Mimsy?

It's a storytelling show in Brooklyn. It's awesome. It's free. It's at 8 PM every second Monday of the month. And the only house storytelling team in the city.

Mimsy is:
Ben Lillie
Caitlin Brodnick
Erin Barker
Hanuman Welch
Joe Evans III
Miguel de Leon
Olivia Henderson
Sarah Jewell

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chin Music poetry March 17 at 7 pm.

Chin Music
The Poetry Reading Series at Pacific Standard Bar
Featuring Mark Doty, Nicky Beer, & Metta Sáma

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Please join us for our upcoming Chin Music reading featuring three fine poets: Mark Doty, Nicky Beer, & Metta Sáma. Series curated by Bryan Patrick Miller.


Mark Doty's Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven's Coast, Firebird and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. Doty’s poems have appeared in many magazines including The Atlantic Monthly, The London Review of Books, Ploughshares, Poetry, and The New Yorker. Widely anthologized, his poems appear in The Norton Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry and many other collections. Doty's work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards, and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He is the only American poet to have received the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. Doty lives in New York City and on the east end of Long Island.

Nicky Beer is the author of The Diminishing House (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2010). She has received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Tuition Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Discovery/The Nation award, and a Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. She teaches creative writing at the University of Colorado Denver, where she co-edits the journal Copper Nickel. Learn more at

Metta Sáma is a fiction editor, book reviewer, poet, fiction writer, educator, administrator, & amateur painter and photographer. Her poems and reviews can be found or are upcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Blackbird, Vinyl, The Drunken Boat, Drunken Boat, her circle, among others. Her first poetry collection, South of Here (New Issues 2005), was published under her given name, Lydia Melvin.

Return of the Pacific Standard Mix CD Contest!

Some of you may remember our 2008 mix CD contest, where we challenged you to improve our bar playlist (and restore the sanity of those of us who have to listen to it 8-12 hours a day, and get terribly bored by hearing the same stuff over and over) by contributing mix CDs. After another couple years of relative playlist stagnation, we've decided to bring it back; thus, Playlist Refresh 2011 is on!

Make a mix CD, or several, and bring them in to the Standard during the month of March. In return, we'll do the following:

--Do our best to work your CD or CDs into our playlist (with some limitations, of course: stuff that is too grating or weird to play at a bar won't make the cut).
--Give you $2 off a beer (this applies just for the first CD you bring).

Also, the top three submissions, as judged by our magnificently sensitive ears, will win prizes. Like bar tabs, t-shirts, pint glasses, and various other merch, depending on what you want.

So drop off your CD or CDs with a bartender, making sure to put your contact info on the CDs. Gentlemen (and ladies), start your burning!